This year's celebration was held in partnership with the United Nations and its humanitarian component, Tehran Municipality and other civic organizations, cities and countries of Moscow, Athens, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Nabrobi, Baalbek, Denmark, Hindu Germany in this prestigious competition. They received awards.
Mr. Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, told the Sputnik correspondent in Tehran on the importance of emerging cities and diplomacy:
We were very pleased with the initiative to engage with this award, which used to be diplomacy for war and peace long ago, but today there are issues such as human development, poverty alleviation, international challenges such as the environment and counter-terrorism. Under the umbrella of diplomacy, modern diplomacy today, with the help of traditional diplomacy to tackle new problems created in societies, is undoubtedly the most important actor at the domestic and global level of public opinion today, which has an important role in determining the fate of society and politics.
One of the most well-known popular connections is the issue of sister-in-law dating back nearly a century and today more than 2 sister-sister contracts between different cities around the world and five between Tehran and other cities, reflecting Iran's desire to exchange peace. Is the sister city agreement between the cities is a platform for developing relationships and expanding urban diplomacy, which can make the message of peace, friendship and freedom easier as well as the numerous treaties between sister cities. The Doha agreement will lead to the development of these cities.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran is particularly committed to advancing all kinds of emerging diplomacy, including public, cultural, scientific and tourism diplomacy.
Mr. Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani, head of the Islamic Council of Tehran, also told the Sputnik correspondent in Tehran about the types of diplomacy:
We have two types of diplomacy, one of which is the classical diplomacy that our State Department is particularly skilled at, and the other is public diplomacy that uses other methods to serve the interests of the countries, media diplomacy that uses public opinion, civil diplomacy, and A city is all about public diplomacy.
We are facing the toughest and most cruel sanctions today and we can bring our problems and voices to the world through urban diplomacy, but unfortunately this has not been used effectively at the State Department so far, we have asked the State Department to send the message Send messages from the Islamic Councils of Iranian cities to cities around the world so that the voice of the Iranian people can be heard in the world after these cruel sanctions that unfortunately do not happen; Tehran's urban management is fully prepared to make good use of its diplomacy Ray will work with all departments of the country and work with them to connect with other countries' urban management and thereby serve the country's interests.
Mr. Gholamhossein Mohammadi, head of the Tehran Municipality's Center for Communication and International Relations at the Golden Clay Awards ceremony, said:
By expanding its positive, productive, and effective interactions with other cities around the world, Tehran believes that international and regional cooperation is one of the best ways to succeed in reducing urban challenges and hopes, and we hope to share this award with you. Help inform and improve cities and become a powerful solution for information exchange, knowledge sharing and technical interactions.
197 domestic projects 322 foreign projects were enrolled in this period, with a significant increase in the number of foreign participants, reflecting the positive evaluation of other countries around the award.
Mr Mehmet Akdogan, the UN envoy, said:
More than half of the world's population now lives in cities, cities consuming more than 1.5% of the world's energy and producing more than 1.5% of carbon dioxide, but cities are no doubt the determinants of success or failure. We will be in control of climate change, cities are centers of education, entrepreneurship and the hub of creativity and innovation often dominated by young people, ensuring better lives for our future generations as cities improve and improve. .
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